Makerere to Reward Fees Compliant Students

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Prof. Nawangwe says that the university has not been able to implement the new fees policy to the dot because of the strike.

Makerere University is set to reward students who clear their tuition by the 6th week of the semester, URN has learnt.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration in Makerere University, says the new policy is aimed at motivating students to pay tuition in time.
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In August this year, Makerere University adopted a new tuition policy after wide consultations involving the council, students' body and government. Under this new policy, students are required to pay Shillings 200, 000 within the first three weeks of every new semester failure of which attracts a surcharge of Shillings 20,000. 
While the old policy required students to have cleared 60 per cent of tuition by the sixth week of the semester before they can be allowed to register, submit course- work and sit for tests.  The deadline of paying 100 per cent of fees in the new policy is the twelfth week of every semester.
 Prof. Nawangwe notes that whereas the university has not made an analysis of how students are responding to the new policy, they are a bit relieved as more students have cleared and registered compared to the previous years. 

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On August 20, Makerere University opened to new and continuing students after the non-teaching staff suspended their strike that had lasted 17 days. Prof. Nawangwe says that the university has not been able to implement the new fees policy to the dot because of the strike.

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The new fees policy was drafted by a committee chaired by Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa on the directives of the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda. Other members of the committee included Vice Chancellor, Prof Ddumba Ssentamu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe, University Secretary Charles Barugahare, Academic Registrar Alfred Namoah, Dean of Students Cyriaco Kabagambe and acting director legal services, Gody Muhumuza, students' and government representatives.


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